Rugby

12:31 PM GMT Racing 92 have sacked Fiji international Leone Nakarawa after the player returned to the club late following his involvement in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Nakarawa was due back at the club on Oct. 28 but instead returned over two weeks later without permission, with the club saying that the 31-year-old showed
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11:16 AM GMT Former rugby players in New Zealand are being asked to donate their brains to research when they die as part of a study aimed at learning about the long-term effects of concussion and head injuries from contact sports. The Centre for Brain Research (CBR) at the University of Auckland launched the initiative
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3:11 AM GMT ESPN staff Israel Folau and Rugby Australia [RA] have ended the biggest feud in Australian sport, after the two parties reach a confidential settlement following the former Wallabies star’s social media posts and his subsequent sacking. A Rugby Australia statement on Wednesday afternoon said both parties acknowledged the harm they had caused
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10:15 AM GMT Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen on Monday confirmed his long-expected move to Japan, where he will take up a role as coaching consultant for Top League side Toyota Verblitz. The 60-year-old stepped down from his position as New Zealand head coach following his side’s third-place finish at the Rugby World Cup.
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8:54 AM GMT Former Italy coach Conor O’Shea will join the English Rugby Football Union (RFU) as director of performance rugby next year, it was announced on Friday, while director of professional rugby Nigel Melville said he will step down in December. O’Shea left his role with Italy after the team’s pool-stage exit from this
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1:41 PM GMT England trio Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola will play for Saracens for the first time since the Rugby World Cup after being named in the side to face Bath in the Gallagher Premiership as they seek to repair the damage from their 35-point deduction for breaching the league’s salary cap.
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2:06 AM GMT AAP with ESPN staff Rugby Australia’s year from hell has been capped off with sacked Wallabies star Israel Folau entering a new multi-million-dollar legal claim against the sporting body just days after it was revealed rugby’s broadcast deal is in limbo. In new court documents, Folau says he is set to lose
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7:46 AM GMT Australian Scott Wisemantel, who was England’s attack coach at the Rugby World Cup, has decided to move on after his contract expired and looks set to join Dave Rennie’s staff at the Wallabies. England coach Eddie Jones, who brought Wisemantel into his setup for last year’s tour of South Africa before extending
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11:13 PM GMT ESPN staff Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium will host the opening Bledisloe Cup fixture next year, meaning Sydney won’t stage rugby’s trans-Tasman battle for the second straight year. Rugby Australia on Monday unveiled Marvel Stadium as the venue for the Aug. 8 showdown, which is the first of three games set to be played
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